Saying Thanks to Mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 is the one day of the year dedicated to showing mom how much you appreciate all she does – and for most of us, all she does to cook for us all year long. So what better way to thank her than to take her out for a great meal? Below is a sneak peek into a few of our suggestions of where to take mom this mother’s day:

 Chip Roman’s Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken will be opening it’s doors at noon to celebrate Mother’s day with a three-course pre-fixe menu. For $45 per person, guests can enjoy culinary creations from one of Philadelphia’s hippest chefs right now. Blackfish is located at 119 Fayette Street in Conshohocken. Call 610-397-0888 or log onto their website.

The newest addition to Roman’s growing restaurant empire is Mica Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Mom can enjoy delicious fare in an intimate atmosphere in this petite eatery on the top of the hill. Mica will be open at 5 p.m. for dinner on Mother’s day. It is located at 8609 Germantown Ave in Philadelphia, PA 19118. For reservations, call 267-335-3912..

In honor of mothers everywhere, Nectar Restaurant in Berwyn is opening their doors at 11 a.m. for brunch. Guests can enjoy a selection of different a la carte entrees prepared by notable Chef Patrick Feury. Sip on mimosas and enjoy a meal with your favorite lady. Nectar is located at 1091 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, PA. Call 610-725-9000 or log onto their website.

Lotus Farm to Table is debuting their decadent brunch menu on Mother’s Day, and will feature live music in the restaurant. Enjoy three farm fresh courses for $30 per person, children under 10 years old eat for $10. Lotus Farm to Table is family friendly and a ton of fun. The restaurant is located at 112 West State Street in Media, PA 19061. Call 610-565-5554 or log onto their website.

Is Mom a seafood lover? Then what better place to dine at than Phillips Seafood. Nationally known for their delicious seafood dishes, Phillips will be offering a three-course pre-fixe menu on Mother’s Day. Guests can choose from two different options for each course and the cost is $45 per person. Phillips Seafood Atlantic City is located at The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Call 609-348-2273 or log onto their website.

Sweets are always the way to a woman’s heart. So why not get mom something special from the area’s best bakeryNight Kitchen Bakery. They will be making assorted dessert trays and sweet goodies that will be sure to please the number one lady in your life. Night Kitchen Bakery is located at 7725 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118. You can call 215-248-9235 or log onto their website for more information.

Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown features a spacious dining room that can accommodate your party – no matter what its size. Your mother and all of her admirers can dine on authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnam Restaurant is located at 221 N 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Call 215-592-1163 or log onto their website.

Two (Green) Thumbs Up For Linvilla Orchards’ Plant and Flower Festival

Finally – spring is here! And nowhere is that more apparent than at Linvilla Orchards Plant and Flower Festival. On Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Linvilla’s new Garden Center will be blossoming with a plethora of plants, tons of trees, a festival of flowers and gorgeous garden accessories galore. From delicate blooms to lush shrubs and savory herbs, you’ll find everything you need to build a fabulous garden. And Linvilla’s expert staff will be on hand to answer all of your gardening questions.

There’s so much to do at this fabulous festival! Kids will love the host, Makin’ Music. Catering to music fans of all ages, they specialize in getting everyone on their feet at their interactive shows. And if you’d rather march to your own beat, you can meet costumed characters or play some fun games. This flower-powered fiesta officially kicks off the 2011 festival season at Linvilla.

Linvilla’s Plant and Flower Festival is a great family friendly event. Stop into the market for some sweet treats. Enjoy lunch at the Linvilla Grill. See the orchards in bloom. You can even take the kids fishing. And by all means, check out the world-class playground. Get down on the farm. Talk to the goats. Feed the geese. There will be pony rides, face painting, and so much more.

Linvilla Orchards is a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, education and entertainment, and is located at 137 West Knowlton Road, in Media, PA. Call 610-876-7116 or visit their website.

Kickoff to Crab Season at Blackfish

Kick off crab season at Blackfish Restaurant. Chef/owner Chip Roman has decided to make crab the star on his Tuesday Tasting Menu. This Tuesday, April 26, soft-shell crab will be showcased.

Every Tuesday, Blackfish features a different four course tasting menu highlighting a different ingredient for $45. Blackfish is located at 119 Fayette Street in Conshohocken, PA, 19428.  The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.  Lunch is served Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit their website. For reservations, call 610.397.0888. 


Tuesday, April 26

First Course:

soft-shell tempura, pickled ramps, upland cress

Second Course:

soft-shell crab, avocado, long rice, salsa verde

Third Course:

open face crab “sandwich,” romesco

Fourth Course:

dark chocolate cremeux, ricotta, raspberry

Yards Brewing Company Celebrates Earth Day

Yard’s Brewing Company, the only 100% wind powered brewery in Pennsylvania, presents the Second Annual Earth Day Empty Case Extravaganza on Friday, April 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In order to save trees and save money, Yards is giving you the opportunity to refill your old cases and six-pack sleeves at their brewery. Yards fans save $3 for each recycled case and $1 per recycled six-pack (regardless of the brand of the recycled product).

Here’s the fine print: There is an eight six-pack or two-case limit per customer. These two can be combined as long as the savings do not exceed $10 in the discounted value.

Yards Brewing Company is located at 901 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123. For more information, visit their website.

The 21st Anniversary of Dining Out for Life – Philadelphia!

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 over 200 restaurants across the Delaware Valley will be participating in what the Philadelphia Inquirer has called “the busiest restaurant night of the year!”.

Benefiting thousands of men, women, and children throughout our region. Please visit the participating restaurant page where you can search by location, cuisine type, meal served – even for restaurants taking part in our special “20% Off Tuesday” promotion – details on the promotion are on the Participating Restaurant page.

Please make you reservations soon and remember to support these amazing restaurants throughout the year, they truly make a difference in your community!

Remember, making a difference is as easy as going out to eat! Each of our restaurants will donate 33% of the cost of your meal to the fight against HIV & AIDS.

Book a Dining Out for Life Reservation Online

Cook, Crack, and Eat at Phillips

Ever wonder how to create the most incredible seafood dishes in your own kitchen? Well, wonder no more. Baltimore’s Phillips Seafood Restaurant is bringing back Cook, Crack & Eat, a series of seafood cooking classes designed to help you learn the tricks of the trade. Join Chef Todd Weisz for a guaranteed afternoon of learning, laughing and lingering over a demonstration, some wine and a great meal with the chef.

  • Clam Bake for Two. Saturday, April 16. Learn how to shop for fresh seafood, select it and whip up an easy one-pot meal. Then, learn how to combine it all to create a clam bake that includes a whole Maine lobster, snow crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn on the cob. We’ll supply all of the tips and some of the tools you’ll need. Sip on some wine and sample a clam bake with us in the restaurant before you head home prepared to share your new skills with friends and family. Yum! Cook, Crack & Eat presents a great opportunity to meet and learn from one of Baltimore’s top toques. Chef Weisz’s crowd-pleasing style is sure to entertain and each class will be fun, as well as educational.

Interested? The cost for one class is $50 and it includes the chef demo, wine, lunch, and a swag bag to go. All three classes are $125. Classes begin at 11:30, and space is limited, so register early.  Call the restaurant to register at 410.685.660 or visit their website. Phillips Seafood is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 301 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21202.

Don’t Miss Out on Cook, Crack, and Eat at Phillips

Chef Paul Drew of Atlantic City’s Phillips Seafood Restaurant will be offering a seafood cooking class on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 11:30 a.m. You will be guaranteed an afternoon of learning, laughing and lingering over a demonstration, some wine and a great meal with the chef.

Chef Paul Drew will pass along some of his famous, favorite recipes, including mojito clams, shrimp scampi, mahi mahi, crab cakes, and seared ahi tuna.

Join us for Cook, Crack & Eat. The cost for one class is $65 and includes a chef demo, wine, and lunch. Register now because space is limited. Call the restaurant to register at 609.348.2273. Phillips Seafood is located in The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Visit their website.

Hop into Spring with Linvilla Orchards’ Hayrides to Bunnyland

Spring is in the air, and there is no better way to celebrate the end of a long winter than a visit to Linvilla Orchards’ Bunnyland.  Hop aboard a hayride through the woods to visit the Easter Bunny’s home in Bunnyland. There will be story telling, lots of treats, and an opportunity to snap a photo with your host. After your hayride, enjoy a pony ride, get your face painted and visit the animals.

Be sure to visit the new Garden Center and Farm Market. The Garden Center will bloom with pansies, primroses, perennials, and all the traditional Easter flowers. The Farm Market’s bakery will be stocked with Easter breads, Easter cakes, and of course Easter candy. Cheese babkas, hot cross buns, cupcakes, cookies and Linvilla’s famous pies will be freshly baked in the bakery for your enjoyment and holiday celebrations.

From April 9 & 10 and April 16 through April 23, hayride hours are from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.

The Farm Market and Bakery are open Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to  8 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. – to 1 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards is a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, education and entertainment. Linvilla Orchards is located 137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA. To learn more their website or call 610-876-7116.